Gail Ann Longley, 75, passed away with family by her side on May 27, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gail was born in New Haven, on August 7, 1940 to the late Gerald & Virginia Murray Longley. She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings, Barbara (Robert) Carr and Joan Charbonneau all of Wallingford, Robert (Joan Marie) Longley of Hamden; her nieces & nephews to whom she referred to as 'my kids': Bob (Judy) Carr of NC, Debra (David) Albin of Bethel, Amy (Rick)Miller and Edward Charbonneau all of Wallingford, Peter (Sandy) Charbonneau and David (Genevieve) Charbonneau all of CA, Joan (John) Wyzukovicz of IL, Robert (Maria) Longley of Oxford; as well as her nineteen great nieces & nephews whom she adored. She was predeceased by her nephew, Jeffrey Carr and brother-in-law, Edward Charbonneau. Gail was a life-long resident of Hamden where she was also an active member of the Hamden Plains Methodist Church. For over three decades she worked at the West Haven VA as a dental assistant. When she wasn't working or spending time with her family, Gail was working in her yard, helping neighbors and friends, as well as volunteering her time at many organizations, such as Columbus House and the Hamden Food Bank. In addition, Gail was also involved with the State of CT Dental Association. Besides her family, Gail will be missed terribly by her church family, neighbors, and friends. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Fumo and staff at Midstate Medical Center, as well as the nursing staff at the Masonic for the wonderful care and tremendous compassion they showed Gail and her family. Friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Service Celebrating Gail's life on Friday, June 17th at 10 AM in the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, 15 Church St, Hamden. Burial will follow in Centerville Cemetery. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangments. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Gail to your favorite charity. To send a condolence to the family please see obituary at

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  1. Dear Longley family –

    I’ve known Gail since I was a kid and lived on Valley Road. She was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known, especially when Terri Addisio, whom I called my aunt, became ill and wasn’t able to fully function on her own. Gail was always there for her.

    I’m very glad to have had the privilege of knowing such a wonderful lady.

    Arlene (Vasso) Ciociola

  2. For the Longley Family;

    Gail was an extraordinary person in many ways. Her compassion for the homeless at Columbus House will always ring the truest for me, as she took over from me. I couldn’t have put my trust in more capable and loving hands. For this i will always be grateful. On a personal level, Gail was a person of true integrity and it guided her every move. Her love of all of you so evident as she spoke of you all frequently. My love to you and prayers for God’s strength and consolation.

  3. Gail was nice to us from the minute we joined the neighborhood. She was such a genuinely nice person. We were sad to hear when she first started this battle and so sad to see this obituary in the newspaper. Our neighborhood won’t be the same without her. Sincere condolences to her family. Warmly, the Shatas Family

  4. I had the pleasure of working with Gail for ten years at the VA Dental Clinic, West Haven, CT. Gail remained a friend and would call at least twice a year to catch up and stay in touch; she organized many reunion dinners with the clinic staff. I consider a hallmark of Gail’s personality her optimism and good spirits and I can honestly say that I never heard her utter a bad word about anyone–just not in her. I recall how tirelessly she worked in the clinic always stopping to chat with the vets about how they were doing with a cheery smile. Gail touched so many lives with her kindness and caring. I will miss her energy, smile and dedication to helping others. Rest in Peace, my friend.

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